For much of my adult life I have considered beer to be my tipple of choice. In fact, I think it is safe to say that remains true today. It wasn’t until recently that I began to explore the art behind mixing up a cocktail. Sure, there was my early drinking years when I’d toss some concentrated margarita mix in a blender with some booze and knock out a concoction with little other purpose than to “get the job done.” But as I continue to grow older, I discover myself become more cognizant of the flavor nuances that craft mixology can offer. On occasion am not averse to a “slopped together” Bloody Mary. In some instances, like pre-boarding at the Denver International Airport after a liver-pounding weekend at the Great American Beer Festival, a ghettofabulous Bloody served at a terminal chain restaurant/pub can suit me just fine (and again back to my “get the job done” roots).
Thoughts of Christmas always seem to conger up memories of sitting by the fire, drinking winter warm
ers and spending time with friends and family. Those same holiday memories also tie strongly into some of our favorite flavors and aromas of the season. One classic combination that stands out for me around the holidays is the traditional Chocolate Orange that so many of us have found in our stockings over the years.
For this winter inspired beer cocktail I have combined Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout, Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, and Combier Orange Liqueur in a rich and velvety take on a classic Christmas tradition.